Great Egret, Gilbert AZ

I probably have my lifetime quota of photos of big white birds.  Nonetheless . . .  

Gilbert Water Ranch offers these majestic birds a wide array of roosts, from the centre of weedy ponds to little “bush islands” in the middle of ponds.  Either of those choices means that the birds are anywhere from 100 to 300 feet away, making for a challenging shot, so I settle for what I can get.  It was far enough away that I couldn’t see the bird’s legs when I took the shot – I only realized later that it was standing up.

Here, I was deliberately underexposing to try to avoid blowing out the whites.

Great egret standing in bush or tree.



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